Standing and Believing

Move The Mountain Monday: June 13, 2016

I really don’t know what to say or write about. My feelings are all over the place right now. I feel a void deep within me due to the tragedy that has happened in Orlando this weekend. I am not perfect and I am thankful for this. I am thankful because it leaves more room for the Lord Jesus Christ through Holy Spirit to continue to work in and through me as long as I allow Him to.

I believe that only by believing in the life, sacrifice, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ can anyone be reconciled to God the Father. I believe that those who do believe in Jesus Christ become a dwelling place for Him. I also believe we have a choice as to how far we will allow the Lord into our hearts and lives.

Yes, the tragedy that happened was at a gay club but that does not matter to me and I do not believe this a judgment from the hand of God as some have suggested. Human beings that were created by God Himself were tragically murdered through an act of utter hate. That is my concern.

I believe God is love. I believe God loves each and every one of us regardless of what we do in our lives. His love has no boundaries and we should be the same. Are there things we do that Father God doesn’t approve of? Absolutely. However, these do not negate His unconditional and abundant love for us all. Jesus sat with those who were considered the worst of society in His day. He does the same today (I am grateful for His unconditional love and mercy otherwise I would not be here today). This post may upset many people from all different walks of life but that is of no concern to me. We are ALL sinners and ALL fall (present tense) short of His glory but through the grace and mercy of God we have been saved (all we have to do is accept it). God Almighty’s love is boundless.

If we consider ourselves followers of Jesus Christ then our love should be boundless also because it is He that lives in us. I continue to ask, “Where is the love?”

Alicia R. Shipe

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